How Rapid City’s Summer Art Programs Help Kids Express Their Imagination

RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) – The Dahl Arts Center located on Seventh Street in Rapid City offers summer art programs for children throughout the summer. Art classes range from drawing anime to making clay pottery. Even adults are allowed to have fun and test their imagination.

“It’s like a community and you can come in at different times and just work,” says Jess Kautz, art teacher at the Dahl Arts Center.

Kids aren’t the only ones having fun at the art center… so are adults.

Kautz says, “We do courses for adults; we do classes in the afternoon. We have a large pottery studio open where you can take classes and then come in your free time and do some pottery.

According to, social development and self-esteem can be linked through art. The Dahl Center also provides art education to public schools and Girl Scouts.

Kautz says the Dahl Arts Center provides kids with art techniques and tools they wouldn’t normally see at home.

She says, “We show them art that they wouldn’t normally have at home. This week we did a lot of fiber art so we made friendship bracelets…we did finger knitting…we did hand crochet and each child left with a barn yarn and went home and did it all night after he left here so it’s fun to see them bring home.

More importantly, art is a way to bring the community together.

Kautz says, “Art solves problems…I think they provide community…I think they provide an outlet for feelings and things like that. Children may not even realize this is happening, but they know that when the day is over, they feel better.

Art Camps take place Monday through Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. The cost per student is $180, but sibling discounts and scholarships are available.

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